Knowledge combined with faith makes our soul rich. Colossians 2:6-7 reminds us that it is essential not just to know of Christ, but to walk in His ways for all of our days. The stronger our faith is, the warmer and deeper our love for God/others grows. Draw a tree with roots next to that scripture reference in your Bible or on a sheet of paper. On that tree drawing, write down some things that you want to discover more about life in Christ. Hold that drawing in your hands as you pray. Ask the Lord to open your ears to hear His word, your eyes to see Him all around, and wisdom to walk in His ways as you grow in your faith.
“Never lose a holy curiosity,” Albert Einstein once advised. When we root ourselves in truth, curiosity can lead us towards awe and a stronger faith in God. It can point us to greater hope, eagerly learning about God’s faithfulness and truth while seeing Him at work in our lives in a more significant way. As you read over Proverbs 4:7, ask God to help you stay curious and seek wisdom. If you have questions about faith or how to apply scriptures to your life, reach out to a trusted friend in your faith community and ask them to share their thoughts about it with you!
Can you imagine how dull and lifeless the world would be if we all agreed on everything at all times? How meaningless would life be if we all possessed the same life skills and histories? It’s a good (and God) thing that we don’t—that we are each uniquely made yet equally valuable. 1 Peter 3:8 shows us the importance of being full of brotherly love, tender-hearted, and humble-minded. Is there someone in your life that you have a hard time extending love, compassion, or humility towards? Take a moment to lift your relationship with that person to God in prayer and ask Him to help you make a move in the right direction.
Growing in your faith and becoming more like Jesus will always result in you becoming more loving. He said in John 13:35 that it is by our love for one another that the world will know that we are his followers. Love is THE litmus test that either proves or disproves the legitimacy of our faith. One way that we can intentionally pursue love is to ask ourselves the question, WHAT WOULD LOVE DO? Think about your workplace, home space, and community and ask the Lord in prayer to help you extend His love to others through authentic relationships, meaningful conversations, and faith-filled actions.
Jesus spent his life making life better for others. It’s impossible to become more like Jesus while ignoring those who are oppressed and marginalized. If following Jesus doesn’t lead you toward the hurting, the broken, the oppressed, the outcasts and those who are “other,” then you’re not following Jesus. Take some time to read over Micah 6:8 and pray that verse over your life. Ask the Lord to help you seize opportunities to stand up against injustice, speak truth to power, and create space ‘at the table’ for someone who is not like you even if it feels uncomfortable at first.
TALK IT OVER
- What are some spiritual practices you enjoy engaging in?
- What are some spiritual practices you find it difficult to consistently engage in?
- What questions did you have about faith when you first began pursuing faith in Christ?
- What was the last thing you were curious about?
- What is something about faith that you just can’t seem to wrap your head around?
- How have you seen humility modeled by others in your personal life?
- Looking at Colossians 3:12, what are some things you feel you personally need to clothe yourself with more of?
- Out of curiosity, humility, justice, and love, what one aspect can you focus on intentionally pursuing more of in your personal faith this week?